The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by
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The dramatic true-life story of the men who broke the Nazis' back!
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was an established star at the time with the right to refuse the studio's choice of directors. It was only after dinner with Michael Anderson
(and their respective spouses) that the two men realized they got on quite well, and Todd approved Anderson as director. See more
During training flights shown early in the film when crews knew nothing about the target or weapon, Lancasters are shown carrying the bouncing bomb that was used on the actual mission. See more
[Morning after the raid
Is it true? All those fellows lost?
Only two aircraft went down in the attacks. That was Hopgood's over the Moehne and Maudsley's at the Eder. Astell got it soon after crossing the coast. And Dinghy Young was shot down over the sea, on his way home. The rest we don't know about. They've been calling them since midnight, but they haven't answered. The flak was bad. Worse than I expected.
Fifty-six men... If I'd known it was going to be like this, I'd ...
Referenced in QI: History
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